iPhone 16 Reportedly Comes In Four Variants That Use A18 SoC

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  • It seems Apple will rely on the same SoC for all iPhone 16 models.
  • A leak shows the naming scheme for four iPhone 16 variants, hinting at the A18 SoC for all models.
  • It is also being speculated that this SoC will be found in the next iPhone SE.

Since the initial iPhone model was introduced by Apple in 2007, the company’s phones have grown to be the most liked product. Millions of consumers eagerly await Apple’s annual launch event, where a new generation of phones is revealed each year.

Interestingly, Apple may have a pleasant surprise for iPhone buyers in 2024. A new leak tells us that there will be four iPhone 16 variants that will share the same A18 SoC.

Why it matters: This decision will make the entry-level iPhone 16 more appealing for tech-centric users. It will also help Apple gain more popularity among the masses.

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Apple Makes Class-Leading SoCs For Its Phones

Previously, models like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro came with different SoCs. Similarly, the iPhone 15 came with Apple A16 Bionic, while the A17 Bionic was limited to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max.

Apple is seemingly gearing up for multiple changes with the iPhone 16. The tech giant is also said to fix the high-temperature issues, allowing the A18 SoC to reach its full potential.

According to the leak, the four models include the iPhone 17.1, 17.2, 17.3, 17.4, and 17.5. As the number indicates, these models will be quite similar, sharing the same SoC across the board.

Further evidence comes from the fact that Apple previously used a similar naming scheme for phones that shared a common SoC. The iPhone 15.4 and iPhone 15.5, for instance, were the names given to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, respectively. 

Conversely, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max were dubbed 16.1 and 16.2, respectively. In this instance, all evidence points to the A18 because we have a new number that suggests a new SoC.

Still, it is odd that five different iPhone models end up using it. The A18 SoC will likely be used by the iPhone 16, Plus, Pro, and Pro Max, assuming the theory regarding the identifier and the same chip is correct.

Note that the fifth model is unknown. It could end up being the long-anticipated iPhone SE refresh, but not much information is available on this budget device for now.

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